2015 Ducru Beaucaillou

Ducru Beaucaillou

96Average Score
Red
2023-2050
12x75cl
-
0 Immediate | 7 Marketplace
£1,347.00
6x75cl
-
0 Immediate | 12 Marketplace
£672.00
Bts
-
0 Immediate | 6 Marketplace
£115.00
Scores & Notes
Average Score
96
Drinking window
2023-2050
Critic Notes

The 2015 Ducru-Beaucaillou is phenomenally great. Inky, powerful and explosive, the 2015 pulses with energy in all of its dimensions. Creme de cassis, blackberry jam, graphite, smoke, leather and incense, along with the wine's muscular tannins, convey an impression of brooding intensity. The 2015 has been nothing short of sensational on the two occasions I have tasted it so far. Readers should be prepared to be patient. Don't miss it!

Score: 98-/100Antonio GalloniDrinking Window: 2030 - 2055

Dark in color, with a bit of purple around the rim, the wine feels silky, plush and rich on the palate, The sweet fruits have freshness and definition. The tannins are polished like velvet, leaving you with a long sensation of ripe boysenberries, dark chocolate, espresso, licorice and smoke. The finish really lingers on the palate. This is a tremendous wine for the vintage, equal to any of the First Growths . Produced from 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot, the wine reached 13.42% alcohol with a pH of 3.89 and is aging in 100% new, French oak barrels. Apr 2016, www.thewinecellarinsider.com

Score: 96-98/100Jeff Leve

Composed of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Ducru-Beaucaillou is provocatively and profoundly scented of chocolate-covered cherries, fresh black currants, crushed blueberries and licorice with touches of cigar box, roses and violets plus hints of black pepper and tapenade. Medium to full-bodied, rich and sultry with tons of seductive layers and firm, wonderfully velvety tannins, it has a very long, multilayered finish. Feb 2018, www.robertparker.com

Score: 97-/100Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Containing the highest ever percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon at Ducru, this is a wine of structure and impressive energy that was aged in 100% new oak. Rich, dense and complex, it’s gutsy and profound, with polished tannins, blackberry and blackcurrant sweetness and a long, tapering finish. Apr 2016, www.timatkin.com, Drink: 2025-2040

Score: 96-/100Tim AtkinDrinking Window: 2025-2040

Extraordinary blend of finesse and depth from 95% Cabernet. A wine with a taffeta texture that enhances the extreme purity and depth of fruit. Hard to imagine a better balanced, more vineyard-expressive wine. Apr 2016, Steven Spurrier, www.Decanter.com, Drink: 2023-2050

Score: 96-/100DecanterDrinking Window: 2023-2050

This wine is powerful with a smooth texture that masks dark tannins underneath. The fruit is sensual and generous with a fine, precise texture. This has so much fruit that it could be drunk young, but it certainly will age. Apr 2016, Roger Voss, www,wineenthusiast.com

Score: 95-97/100Wine Enthusiast

A dense and compressed red with loads of blackberry and blueberry character. Fresh wet vineyard soil. Some mushroom too. Full and very tannic yet polished and very refined. Super balance and depth. Mar 2016, www.JamesSuckling.com

Score: 95-96/100James Suckling

The 2015 Ducru Beaucaillou is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot, picked from around 28 September to 6 October. Matured in 100% new oak for what will be 18 months, delivering 13.5% alcohol, it has a relatively opulent bouquet for Saint Julien, with ripe black plum mixed with blackberry and cranberry, very well defined and neatly interwoven with the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly savory opening, gently but insistently gripping the mouth. It feels dense and structured with a subtle marine-like note towards the linear, black olive-tinged finish. Bruno Borie has a 2015 with backbone, with longevity in mind. I suspect this will require a decade for the tannins to soften and continue the purple patch for this grand estate. Apr 2016, www.eRobertParker.com, Drink: 2025-2050

Score: 94-96/100Neal MartinDrinking Window: 2025-2050

95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot. IPT 75, pH 3.89, 35 hl/ha. Highest proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon ever. 100% new oak. From 2003 the wine has been aged for 18 months in barrel. Very deep. Lifted and fresh. Very correct and unforced. Very sweet. Only just not too sweet… Transparent. Very expressive. Lively and fresh but a bit sinewy. 13.42%. Apr 2016, www.JancisRobinson.com, Drink: 2023-2036

Score: 17-/20Jancis RobinsonDrinking Window: 2023-2036
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Product details
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Saint Julien
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
13.5%
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
2023-2050
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Saint Julien
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
13.5%
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
2023-2050
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